Projects and energy in Czech Republic

Dentons

Dentons has an excellent reputation for its energy practice, and regularly handles high-end mandates spanning the projects and infrastructure space. Practice head Petr Zákoucký is noted for his established expertise in assisting clients from the energy, oil and gas, and mining sectors with M&A deals and prominent transactions. Senior counsel Petr Slach is strong in handling corporate matters for clients in regulated industries, while Jan Procházka handles banking work for renewable energy sector entities. The group regularly leverages the expertise of its offices across Europe and the US in high-stakes acquisitions. At associate level, Barbora Obračajová advises on environmental and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Petr Zákoucký

Other key lawyers:

Petr Slach; Jan Procházka; Barbora Obračajová; Michal Pelikán

Key clients

Sev.en Energy (including Vršanská uhelná, Sev.en EC)

KKCG/MND

Veolia

EPH

Bpd / Draslovka Holding

ENERGO-PRO

E.ON

Pražská energetika

Nordic Solar

Strabag / Hochtief

Work highlights

  • Advised Sev.en Energy on its acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining.
  • Advised MND / KKCG on its bid to acquire Innogy Ceska republika a.s., the largest incumbent gas retail retailer in the Czech Republic, in a tender process.
  • Represented Sev.en Energy as operator of the Chvaletice power plant before the Supreme Administrative Court and Municipal Court in Prague in litigation concerning an alleged lack of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure concerning the reconstruction of two units of the power plant.

Kinstellar

Viewed as one of the leading energy outfits in the Czech market, Kinstellar's practice has strength in depth across the upstream oil and gas, infrastructure, and projects space. Led by standout practitioner Kamil Blažek, the group continues to handle big-ticket instructions from a host of global clients, including project financings, acquisitions and development-related mandates. Competition law expert Tomáš Čihula is the key contact for antitrust work, while managing associate Michal Forýtek has noted expertise in energy law matters. Counsel Jan Lehký is well versed in real estate property transactions. The team has a strong transactional offering as well as being able to leverage its wider European network to facilitate cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Kamil Blažek

Other key lawyers:

Michal Forýtek; Tomáš Čihula; Jan Lehký

Testimonials

‘Kamil Blazek is superb. A total professional well immersed in the local energy and infrastructure market and able to talk deeply about the market participants and the political framework in which they operate in the Czech Republic.’

Good knowledge of industry, experienced lawyers. Understand client’s needs, flexible, cooperative and hardworking team.’

‘Kinstellar has a lot of experience and expertise in the Energy sector and are business orientated. In particular Mr Kamil Blazek and Michael Forytek are valued experts with regard to the energy sector.’

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice to Net4Gas and its shareholders on the construction and development of the Capacity4Gas infrastructure project.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs International on various corporate, energy, and financial regulatory and tax issues in various jurisdictions in CEE related to electricity and gas trading operations.
  • Advising ČEPS on the drafting of the new Czech Energy Act.

Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

The projects and energy practice at Skils s.r.o. advokátní kancelář assists large domestic energy companies with cross-border mandates. Renewable energy and infrastructure matters are noted sector strengths for the group. Practice head Karel Muzikář, litigation expert Karolína Horáková and Petr Severa are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Karel Muzikář 

Other key lawyers:

Karolína Horáková; Petr Severa

Key clients

CEZ / CEZ Group

Ceska sporitelna (Czech Savings Bank)

Czech Government/Road and Motorway Directorate

Directorate of Waterways of the Czech Republic

SKODA PRAHA

Cemex Czech Republic

CEZ / Energotrans

Work highlights

  • Assisting CEZ Group with negotiating agreements between the client and the Czech state concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic.
  • Representing CEZ as a claimant in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Bulgaria under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Advising CEZ on the sale of eight electricity distribution and generation companies in Bulgaria.

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

White & Case, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář has a highly regarded projects and energy practice, where the team continues to advise high-end clients in the infrastructure space. Practice head Vít Stehlík handles energy mandates in the domestic and international market, often working in cooperation with the firm's vast European network including in London and Paris. Banking expert Jan Linda handles major project financing work and advises on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Vít Stehlík

Other key lawyers:

Jan Linda

Testimonials

The client orientation and legal expertise in the energy sector is extraordinary.

Vit Stehlik is outstanding.

CMS

CMS's team has expertise in handling large transactions in the projects and infrastructure space, with a focus on the solar and wind power areas. Practice head Lukáš Janíček advises domestic and international investors on renewable energy matters pertaining to investments, disposals, and purchases. Senior associate Lenka Krutáková focuses on PPP work, and associate Lukáš Výmola has expertise in contentious work and advises clients in the renewable energy sector on regulatory issues. The practice has English law capacity and can handle cross-border work with international elements.

Practice head(s):

Lukáš Janíček

Other key lawyers:

Lenka Krutáková; Lukáš Výmola

Key clients

Enery Development

Sev.en Energy

VINCI / Meridiam Investments

T-Systems

EnerCap

Mondi Group – Labe Wood

Fortum

Work highlights

  • Advised Sev.en Energy Group on the acquisition of two Czech coal-fired power plants from Swiss energy company Alpiq.
  • Advised Austrian investment fund Enery Development on the acquisition of a solar power portfolio across the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Kocián Šolc Balaštík has an excellent reputation for its capabilities in handling large-scale power projects in the Czech Republic's domestic energy market. Practice head Václav Rovenský is noted for his expertise in advising foreign investors and private entities on a broad range of high-value project financings and transactional work. At associate level, Tomáš Sequens handles commercial transactions with an environmental and energy-based focus. Construction projects also feature in the workload.

Practice head(s):

Václav Rovenský

Other key lawyers:

Tomáš Sequens

Testimonials

Ability to co-operate, both within the team and with the client, and a high ability to understand the needs of the client.

Tomáš Sequens has a sense of detail and high expertise in each area of law, great communication, and the ability to explain a discussed topic.

Key clients

Lovochemie

REMA AOS

Tapas Borek

Teplárna Kladno

Green Gas DPB

Teplárna Loučovice

Energy Ústí nad Labem

CZ

Teplárna České Budějovice

Asental Land

Work highlights

  • Advising Lovochemie on the creation of a no-fly zone around the client’s chemical installments.
  • Advising REMA AOS on obtaining authorisation as an authorised packaging company in the Czech Republic.

PRK Partners

PRK Partners' team has expertise in renewable energy and natural resources matters, and is jointly led by Jakub Lichnovský and Roman Pečenka. Traditional gas and heat matters are a core pillar of strength for the group, which also advises on infrastructure projects and project financing work; Václav Bílý is a key contact for the latter area. The practice frequently works in tandem with its team in Bratislava, where Martin Kříž is the name to note for cross-border energy sector acquisition work. The group also enjoys referrals from firms on international work.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Lichnovský; Roman Pečenka

Other key lawyers:

 Václav Bílý; Daniel Rosický

Key clients

AmpluServis, a.s. (a member of the Veolia group)

Asental Land, s.r.o.

CTP Invest, spol. s r.o.

International Campus Group AG

KSR Industrial, s.r.o.

Shaangu Power (Luxembourg) S.A.

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising Asental on a brownfield project for creating an industrial zone near Havířov.
  • Assisting KSR Industrial with purchasing land for the construction of a new production plant.
  • Assisting International Campus Group with the development of a student campus in Prague.

act Randa Havel Legal

act Randa Havel Legal handles a significant number of development projects in the energy sector. The group is jointly headed by Jan Havel, who has experience assisting with international projects in the energy space, and Alois Šatava, who advises international acquisitions for mid-sized clients. Other areas of expertise include waste management and environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan Havel; Alois Šatava

Testimonials

Well organized, very flexible and always prepared to work for the client.

Jan Havel – perfect professional.

I can pick out the team because of its unique expertise in energy law, its network, and the fact that the lawyers are always looking for a solution and are open to innovative concepts.

Jan Havel has a deep knowledge of Czech energy regulation and regulatory workings, which he is able to share in an easy-to-understand and commercially astute way‘.

Key clients

Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)

Doosan Škoda Power s.r.o.

Pražské služby, a.s. (Prague Services in English)

G – Team a.s.

JUFA Investment Group

PPA CONTROLL

Františkolázeňská výtopna, s.r.o.

Havířovská teplárenská společnost, a.s.

Teplárna České Budějovice, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Assisting JUFA Investment Group with the acquisition of five photovoltaic power plants in the Czech Republic.
  • Assisting Czech steam turbine manufacturer G -Team a.s. with a power plant project.
  • Assisting Doosan Škoda Power with terminating sub-contracts for supplying turbines for multiple biomass power plant projects.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy handles high-value financing matters and international infrastructure projects. Based in Prague, the team is led by Warsaw-based Dan Cocker and offers clients a vast cross-border service with English law capacity. Counsel Petra Myšáková  advises on banking mandates and energy-related transactions. Prokop Verner is the key contact for corporate matters. London-based associate Milan Sýkora handles multijurisdictional transactions across Middle Eastern markets.

Practice head(s):

Dan Cocker

Other key lawyers:

Petra Myšáková; Milan Sýkora; Prokop Verner

Key clients

LABE WOOD

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited

KfW IPEX-Bank

EBRD

MUFG Securities EMEA

Albert Česká republika

The European Investment Bank

Alpiq

EnBW

Uniper Kraftwerke

Work highlights

  • Represented MUFG Securities EMEA as arranger of the €175m financing of the development, construction, and operation of the 280MW Alpaslan II dam and hydropower plant in the Muş province in Turkey.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) on its acquisition of a 50.04% stake, worth €1.8bn, in Czech distribution grid operator innogy Grid Holding.
  • Advising Albert Česká republika on a remodelling development transaction by way of sale-and-leaseback of properties at two locations in the Czech Republic.

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

At bpv Braun Partners s.r.o., the team is jointly led by Marc Müller, Pavel Vincík and David Vosol and assists high-profile energy sector names with M&A matters and regulatory issues. Oil and gas matters also feature in the work-load, handled by Vincík. The firm’s Bratislava office facilitates cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Marc Müller; David Vosol; Pavel Vincík

Testimonials

Customised solutions; professional approach; exceptional personalities.

Key clients

Tengelmann Energie

HERIMETRON

Antaris Solar AG

EP Energy Trading

Dobrá Energie

E.ON Česká republika

WEB Windenergie

Greenbuddies

Work highlights

  • Representing over 40 photovoltaic power plant operators in multiple ongoing cases concerning the incorrect implementation of the EU directive on the waste of electrical and electronic equipment against the Czech Republic.
  • Assisting Tengelmann Energie concerning energy contracts with its subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.
  • Advising Antaris Solar on the sale of two photovoltaic power plants.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is very experienced in advising on project financing matters for an assortment of domestic energy companies, particularly power plant clients. The practice is led by Alex Cook and corporate partner David KoláčekMiloš Felgr is a key contact for handling cross-border energy-related transactions.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. has established strength in the renewable energy sector, and has expertise in project financing and refinancing work, as well as assisting domestic banks with transactional and contentious work. Erik Kolan, who is a key name for regulatory work in the energy sector, leads the team alongside Martin Dančišin. Jan Veselý is a key contact for energy-related corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Erik Kolan; Martin Dančišin

Other key lawyers:

Jan Veselý; Filip Murár

Key clients

Centropol Energy

Obchodní areál Vídeňská

Erste Group Immorent ČR s.r.o.

Centropol Trading, s.r.o.

Discovery Group

Mondi Štětí a.s.

Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH

SOLAR ČERNILOV s. r. o.

Komerční banka a.s.

DRFG ENERGY s. r. o.

Work highlights

  • Representing Mondi Štětí in a €10m dispute with ČEZ Distribuce regarding allegedly overpaid contributions for green energy subsidies.
  • Advising Centropol Energy on the development of a new industrial zone in the city of Ústí nad Labem.
  • Acted for SOLAR ČERNILOV in a dispute with the State Energy Inspection concerning the imposition of a fine connected to the client’s operational subsidy.

ROWAN LEGAL

Led by Vilém PodešvaROWAN LEGAL's practice has been kept busy handling mid-value energy sector mandates. Power plant and water infrastructure projects have been prominent in the team's recent workload, and the group is strong in advising public and private sector clients with public procurement matters. Anna Cervanova garners praise for her 'prompt' advice, and Lukáš Sommer has expertise in assisting with PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Vilém Podešva

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cervanova; Lukáš Sommer

Testimonials

Anna Cervanova is always prompt and her advice is clear, short and to the point.

We appreciate the firm’s professional approach.

Excellent service, flexible approach, deep legal knowledge and wide experience.

Key clients

Czech Republic – Ministry of Industry and Trade

Severočeská vodárenská společnost a.s.

Pražská vodohospodářská společnost a.s.

DIAMO, státní podnik

Statutární město Olomouc (City of Olomouc)

ČEPS a.s.

VODÁRNA PLZEŇ a.s.

Statutární město Brno (Statutory City of Brno)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Czech Republic (represented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade) on negotiations with Czech electricity producer ČEZ concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant.
  • Advising DIAMO on setting up a contract of co-operation with the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (RWRA).

Weinhold Legal

Weinhold Legal handles renewable energy matters for clients drawn from the transport, waste, and infrastructure sectors. Managing partner Daniel Weinhold heads the team, which is also strong in advising on financing matters in the projects area. Banking partner Pavel Jendrulek is noted for his expertise in acting on transactional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Weinhold

Other key lawyers:

Pavel Jendrulek

Key clients

Grandi Stazioni

Lagardére Travel Retail

National Medical Verification Organisation (NOOL)

Komwag

Oliera

Imola

Oborová zdravotní pojišťovna

SETORA

ČEPS

Work highlights

  • Advising Grandi Stazioni on ongoing matters regarding a PPP project for the revitalisation of railway stations, including Prague’s main station.